Corky Newman started the Sacramento group, "Crying Blue Rain" when he relocated from Florida in 1987. The group plays gigs throughout Northern California, including many shows for national touring artists. The band has a solid foot in the blues, but with a smooth rock grove and a high energy that gets toes tapping. Corky is the band's guitarist and vocalist, and had "tore up" many a club with his guitar antics and smokey, whiskey-laced vocals. The rhythm section consists of Bill McCloskey on bass and John Weaver on drums.